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Public Benefits
In the fall of 2009, the UFW Foundation was awarded a grant from The California Endowment (TCE) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to conduct community outreach, education and assistance with public benefits with a special focus on Food Stamps (now known as CalFresh) for farm worker and low-income communities in Kern and Monterey County.
 
Since starting its CalFresh and Public Benefits outreach, the UFW Foundation has presented information at more than 100 community education workshops covering Public Benefits eligibility requirements, the application process, common myths and immigration implications. These presentations have occurred throughout Kern and Monterey counties in public libraries, low-income housing community centers, schools, etc. UFW Foundation outreach providers regularly attend health fairs, flea markets and other community events in order to distribute relevant public benefits information.  
 
Our Bakersfield, Salinas, and Greenfield offices offer application assistance with: CalFresh (Food Stamps), Medi-Cal, CalWORKs, Healthy Families, and Unemployment benefits.    
 
 
CalFresh Outreach Program   CalFresh is a government program funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) meant to help low-income families have access to healthy and nutritious food. Previously known as the Food Stamp program, the new name is intended to encourage the use of the program among those who may think of it as simply a welfare program. Many people in California, roughly 50%, who qualify for CalFresh benefits, do not receive them because they think they are not eligible, are too embarrassed, are not familiar with the application process, or see the process as being too difficult. For these reasons and other myths that are particular to the Latino and farm worker community, many in our communities, including children, go hungry every day.
 
The efforts of the CalFresh Outreach program in Monterey and Kern County aims to increase the participation of eligible families and individuals in the CalFresh program. Through community workshops and presentations, informational outreach at local supermarkets and churches, and providing application assistance, the UFW Foundation is helping to dismantle common myths that prevent many from applying. Specifically, we are attempting to improve the quality of life of struggling families, specifically the Latino community, who face additional barriers.
 
The lack of participation in the CalFresh program among eligible families, translates into a state loss of billions of dollars in federal benefits. According to the USDA, every $5 of CalFresh benefits generates approximately $9 in local economic activity. If all income eligible individuals or families in Kern County participated in the CalFresh program, an estimated $97 million in additional federal benefits could be used and generate about $175 million in annual economic activity. Similarly, Monterey County forgoes an estimated $57 million in federal benefits and $100 million in economic activity annually.  
 
CalFresh can be used by anyone that falls within the eligibility guidelines. It can be used by single adults, households without children, the elderly; it is not a program only for mothers or families with children. In cases, when a family member is not eligible due to their immigration status, is a recipient of SSI, or any other reason, other people in the household could be eligible. In order to apply, the household’s income and other eligibility factors are considered to determine whether or not that household is eligible.    
 
Please contact our offices if you would like more information or are interested in applying.    

Monterey County 
Kern County
40602 El Camino Real
Greenfield, CA 93927 
831-776-1722  
238 18th Street, Suite 4
Bakersfield, CA 93301
877-881-8281

437 E. Alisal Street
Salinas, CA 93905
831-512-4581
 

 


 
 


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